The world is gripped by Coronavirus fear and for many the idea of travelling is perhaps a worrying one. However, with only a small portion of people effected in the UK (somewhere around 0.0005%) it is still safe to travel.

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Why not avoid the crowds by booking a private tour?

Advice from medical experts has recommended avoiding crowded public places.  One of the best ways to do this and still enjoy the rich delights of British tourism is to book yourself a private tour experience as opposed to crowded coach trips or making your own way on public transport. Here I hope to relay 5 key  benefits of a private tour, especially in the face of the worlds current Coronavirus fears.

  • Avoid busy coaches and crucially reduce exposure to the Corona virus. A fact to which I have already alluded, but it is a crucial one to remember. Coaches buy nature thrust one into close proximity with a large group of strangers. It is entirely possible to get coach tours refunded and switch to a private tour – a lot of 3rd party online companies including ToursbyLocals and Viator will offer refunds as close to 48 hours before departure.
  • No need for public transport or busy coach stations – with collection straight from your door. The coach station’s themselves, as well as train stations and underground stations, pose a similar risk to the public. Private tours allow for collection right from your door, reducing the risk of exposure from low to near non-existent.
  • Coach trips cause large crowds at various monuments. Numerous coaches arrive at the same time to create ‘peak times’, which again pose a risk in the current climate. A private tour has the luxury of choice. Avoiding these peak times will not only lower risk of exposure but also make for a more relaxed atmosphere at any given monument, leaving you in peaceto admire our cultural history.
  • Safety for the whole family. Private tours are ideal for keeping your children out of harm’s way. Private toursare perfectly suited to families, keeping everyone together with no one else to interrupt the family quality time, apart from an experienced and knowledgeable guide, whilst minimising the potential exposure of your children.
  • The flexibility of private tours allows for a more sequestered experience at every turn. Private tours are ideal for finding delightful rural places to enjoy lunch, in quiet village locations. Once again, you can avoid the often-hectic services on UKs motorways and cafés/restaurants near to monuments.

Ultimately, Travel in the UK can be as safe and enjoyable as it always has been. The UK has an abundance of rural tourist destinations which are as beautiful and historically laden as any in the cities. If you follow the critical advice from health experts and book privately, it is easy to stay totally safe and have a fascinating holiday simultaneously. So why not take the private tour option this year and keep your family safe, whilst still showing them the time of their lives!

Due to this pandemic, the demand for private guided is increasing rapidly.
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The Spring, or Vernal, Equinox is the point at which the sun crosses the equator, returning to the northern hemisphere, the point when day and night are at equal length. As the sun returns, bringing with it the prospect of spring and all its light and warmth, where better to witness this celestial dance then amongst the essential beauty of the world’s most famous megaliths.

Here, the earth’s most primordial machinations encounter our ancestors most primitive and ancient rituals. Join a congregation of today’s Druid community, including neo-

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A unique opportunity to meet the Druids at Stonehenge

druids, neo pagans, and wiccans at Stonehenge, a site of unequalled religious significance, and witness the amalgam of our planets and our people’s most bewitching spectacles.

One of only four times a year in which people are permitted into the inner ring of the Stones. Be one of the select few who not only feel these stones’ magnetism but act on it, observing the sky brighten on this magnificent occasion.

Spring equinox 2021

This is the first of the four ‘sky points’ in our Wheel of the Year and it is when the sun does a perfect balancing act in the heavens. This is the point of the year when once again day and night are equal – 12 hours. The equinox, (the Latin word for Equinox means time of equal days and nights) is only the very moment the sun crosses the equator-

The return of the sun and the promise of spring has always been a cause for celebration.

At the North Pole the sun will blaze for the next 6 months, here the days will elongate. Across the northern hemisphere, across the centuries, our ancestors have rejoiced in celebration at the end of winter. Globally, it is a time of unity between the northern and southern hemispheres as our days hang in perfect balance with one another. Stonehenge’s connection with the stars has ensured it as a hub for equinox celebrations and to this day the celebrations continue- why not join in.

Stonehenge Equinox Sunrise

Sunrise on the March 20th is at 6.11am

For the ancients, as well as today the celebrations welcomed the spring and the end of a harsh winter; this was the time when crops were resewn and the people celebrated the triumph of light over dark, of life over death. The celebrations have always been full of hope and joy – it is even foretold that as the wind and the weather are at the vernal equinox, so they will be for the next few months.

Spring Equinox

The time is for the instant when the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving northwards and has a celestial longitude of 0°

The return of the sun, of new light and new life was cause to celebrate and to prepare for the hard work of summer harvest. The ancients used various elixirs, draughts and cordials to help to cleanse the blood and purify the spirit in preparation. Most importantly, the spring equinox marked the coming together of various tribes to create new ties in the face of the new sun; a rebirth for relationships. To this day, the spring equinox is a time of unity. As the earth races through earth at 66,000 mph, our daylight hangs in perfect balance. Despite the chaos of the universe our world sits in cosmic peace. This balance is reflected in the celebrations at Stonehenge, where people of all faiths, from all around the world, astronomers as well as Druids, appreciate the beauty of our planet in unison.

Druids at Stonehenge

From the time of the Celtic Druids, Druidism has had a strong bond with the natural world as well as the cosmos.

The Stonehenge vernal equinox experience offers a unique celebration. On a day of innate mystery, when satellites fail and unusual occurrences are commonplace – you are allowed to walk amongst Stonehenge’s ancient monoliths. An experience which defies explanation, walking amongst the stones as the earth revolves in perfect balance, surrounded by the world’s most famous stones and people from all walks of life, celebrating beauty in unison.

The small group ‘non-obtrusive’ nature of this exclusive tour means you can have an authentic experience, a great photo opportunity and valuable insight into ancient Britain.

Our Stonehenge Spring Equinox Tour will be on the 20th March 2021. This exclusive tour departs from London or Bath.

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Concerns over the new Coronavirus are sweeping the globe – with cases reaching European shores people are beginning to wonder if it is still safe to travel across Europe, particularly the UK. The answer is an unequivocal yes. Of all the globes 81,229 cases, 13 are in the UK, 0.016% of the global cases.

As things stand there is very little reason to be concerned about Coronavirus – pack a facemask if it gives you peace of mind but at the moment there is no need

As things stand there is very little reason to be concerned about Coronavirus – pack a facemask (we recommend a unicorn mask) if it gives you peace of mind but at the moment there is no need

There are many reasons not to be too concerned about the coronavirus, as long as you are considerate of the symptoms and the badly effected areas. Currently, the most deeply effected countries are China (which has the vast majority of the cases), South Korea and Iran. Italy, especially northern Italy, has the most cases in Europe. So firstly, one way to ensure safe travel to the UK for everyone is to be considerate if you have travelled to any badly effected area. If you have been to these places and are experiencing flu like symptoms, quarantine yourself and even if not, it is probably best not to travel until you are certain. This is sensible practice when dealing with infectious diseases globally and will help continue to keep places like the UK safe to travel for others.

If you have not been anywhere near badly effected areas, then you are good to go! If you are still concerned however, there are a few things that could ease your mind. Less than 1% of those tested so far in the UK have tested positive for the virus (and these are people coming back from badly effected areas). The government have released statements saying the risk to individuals is low and that they are ‘well prepared’ to deal with the virus. They have been given special powers to quarantine anyone suspected of having the virus so the risk if spread is still low. Furthermore, even the worst effected country in Europe (Italy with 165 cases) has yet to close its borders with neighbouring countries. If you are still in need of some more peace of mind, then perhaps some statistics might help you, you are roughly five times more likely to win the lottery* than contract coronavirus, you are 4,483 time more likely to be hit by a car. You have roughly the same chances of being struck by lightning – probably not something that deters tourists often!

There are further precautions you can take as a tourist if coronavirus fears are still troubling you.  Why not avoid the crowds by booking a private tour? Away from crowded coaches and try travelling more rurally, away from the cities. There are hundreds of sequestered yet historically significant sites around the UK, with many an expert willing to take small groups around – avoiding the masses! (With Brexit weakening the pound and coronavirus fears thinning crowds, it’s probably the best time to visit anyway)

All of our private custom tours include optional face masks and Hygienic Alcohol Hand Sanitiser on board

As things stand there is very little reason to be concerned about Coronavirus – pack a facemask if it gives you peace of mind but at the moment there is no need. Just wash your hands regularly and dispose of your used tissues…. and enjoy your trip to the UK!

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Already visiting Stonehenge? Although the monument itself stands alone, its ancient monoliths contrasting the verdant splendor of the landscape, 5,000 years of British history standing in apparent isolation, that does not mean that you have to visit it in isolation! The local area alone offers enough history for a day’s worth of touring, let alone the great expanse of history and beauty that is England!

Bath Abbey

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Any sites you can think into an itinerary are possible to visit with us. With expert guides qualified to take you anywhere and (certainly more than capable of suggesting somewhere) – lets take a look at what a possible tour with us beyond Stonehenge could entail.

Firstly, Stonehenge doesn’t have to be your first ‘port’ of call – we are capable of picking you up from any airport or seaport and beginning the tour from there! From that point, the only limitation is your imagination (and of course the British coastline).

Part of England’s charm is that you can run into sites of historical significance and beauty on any journey. For example, if you arrive in London, your path to Stonehenge is positively cluttered with exciting opportunities.  Perhaps you could start with the traditional sites of London – St Paul’s Cathedral, the tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the list is pretty much endless! Moving on you could make your way past Windsor Castle, or via Winchester Cathedral (or both) – you can take a detour through New Forrest and appreciate its stark prettiness. Before or after reaching Stonehenge, you can visit the medieval city of Salisbury, with its vast cathedral and quintessentially English feel.

Castle Combe

Scenic Cotswolds Village

And that is just one example of the dizzying array of options open to a budding adventurer! There are thousands of castles, in varying states of decay – some still have royals in, some are ruins, beautiful villages, with traditional pubs serving classic British fare and ale and thatched cottages which give our countryside its essential feel,  hundreds of stately homes each with their own slice of British history and dozens of national parks, each one a unique painting of native England in all its grace, and much more beyond! Tell us where to go, or ask us, and off we go with an expert in tow.

Do you have a specific period of interest, (British History spans quite a lot!), or maybe you want to trace your ancestry and visit the sites that are significant to your own personal history – it is all possible. The true greatness of Britain is worth seeing and is in reach when you explore beyond Stonehenge!

Our tour planning department are always pleased to help you plan your tour itinerary to give you the best possible experience. Our knowledgeable, friendly qualified driver/guides will ensure that your visit is truly memorable. No one does it better! Special interests, foreign languages and themed tours (Stonehenge special access / Crop Circles / Myths and Legends) easily catered for. Half day, full day tours and extended tours departing from LondonWindsorHeathrow AirportSalisburyBathSouthampton Port, Portland PortBristol, and Oxford

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Stonehenge’s mysterious beauty affects us all in different ways, but for many it is a sight of genuine religious importance.

Stonehenge Solstice Celebrations Stonehenge Solstice Celebrations

‘Druids’ is the general term used to refer to this multitudinous group who see Wiltshire’s world heritage site as a place of worship. In reality, Druidic beliefs vary, with different groups including neo-pagans and wiccans. Nonetheless, a whole host of Druidic worshippers converge on Stonehenge for the solstices, equinoxes and beyond. Today, there are over 7,000 members of the British druid order and I wanted to take a look at the history of druidism and its ties with Stonehenge’s arcane monoliths.

History of Druidism

DruidDruids pre-dated the Roman invasion of Britain and in ancient Celtic cultures they were members of highly respected shamanic class. They were typically religious leaders, but also law keepers, chroniclers, doctors, and even political advisors. They were first mentioned in the 2nd century…

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In 1915, Sir Cecil Herbert Edward Chubb, resident of Shrewton, went to an auction at the Palace theatre in Salisbury with the intention, as legend would have it, of buying his wife some dining room chairs.

Cecil Chubb

Instead, ‘on a whim’ he paid £6,600 for lot number 15 or for Stonehenge (and 30 acres surrounding it) as most people would know it. In today’s money Chubb would have paid £683,580, which still would have been a steal considering Stonehenge was valued at £51,000,000 in 2010. Thus, Chubb became the last private owner of Stonehenge. As a lover of the area, it has been reported that the ‘whim’ upon which Chubb acted was in fact a benevolent act to keep Stonehenge out of the hands of foreign investors. It seems that this benevolent intention was carried a step further when in 1918, Cecil Chubb handed Stonehenge over to the government and to…

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The Stonehenge Free Festival, held at the ancient stones every June between 1974 and 1984 culminating with the summer solstice, was a cultural phenomenon.

Stonehenge free Festival The Stonehenge Free Festival was a British free festival from 1974 to 1984 held at Stonehenge during the month of June, and culminating on the summer solstice on June 21st. The festival attendees were viewed as hippies by the wider British public. Photo credit

By 1984 it had become the UKs premier free festival after many others were violently supressed. Founded on utopian ideals of unity and comradery the festival grew from a few people in 1974, to thousands in 1984. However, the festival’s reputation soon became marred by reports of violence, tribalism and drug use and the government decided to crack down on it. Stonehenge Free festival was eventually violently supressed by hundreds of policemen in a brutal clamp down that became known as the ‘The…

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Perhaps you thought you were drawn to Stonehenge because of its innate beauty and mystery, its petrous monoliths standing proud despite their antiquity,  their stark grey beauty upon the 5,000 year old barrow in sharp contrast to the green vibrancy of Wiltshire; an area of unparalleled Neolithic history? Or perhaps you were drawn by something even more ancient and mysterious – earth energies we no longer understand and the power of ley lines. Although little understood by modern science, many new age enthusiasts have found Stonehenge to be an epicentre of earth-energy. With as many as 14 ley lines converging on Stonehenge, I wanted to take a look at the history of ley lines, their potential significance and why they attract people to the world heritage site.

Stonehenge crystal skull gathering Harnessing the Power of Stonehenge Ley Lines. It is believed Stonehenge like many other power places emits energy and the ancients knew…

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Few can explain the mystery of crop circles, even fewer can explain the sheer volume that appear in rural Wiltshire- the crop circle capital of the UK!

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Ours exclusive tours have permission to visit many of the Wiltshire Crop Circles. Led by local expert guides

These large inexplicable patterns that appear in fields have been rampant in the area since the 1960s- and are largely associated with UFOs- but what is the history of these perplexing configurations, where can they be found and how do experts believe they are formed?

Arcane geometric patterns.

Where can they be found?

Short answer, Wiltshire. The country has the highest rate of crop circles in the world! Wonderful field patterns pop up all over the county every year.  More specifically, the infamous ‘Warminster triangle’ has a large concentration of these crop circles within Wiltshire.

The dawn of Warminster circles infamy can be traced back to events that took place in 1964, when the ‘Warminster mystery’ took place- the UKs largest mass UFO spotting.

Arthur Shuttlewood recounts in The Warminster Mystery:

‘The air was brazenly filled with a menacing sound…

Sudden vibrations came overhead, chilling in intensity’

Ever since this spike in paranormal activity, crop circles have appeared in the area with formidable regularity- coincidence? The area of the ‘Warminster Triangle’ covers a large portion of Wiltshire and is a must visit for any crop circle enthusiasts.

Speaking of must visits for crop circle enthusiasts – The crop circle exhibition and information centre in Pewsey. The true hub for all the vital information about the history and science of crop circles in Wiltshire, located in the core of crop circle country, Honey Street Village. Here you can link up with fellow crop circle fanatics and discover more about crop circles from experts in ‘the field’. The centre contains fascinating photos of the previous year’s ‘crop’ of photos- and they can direct you to this season’s finest offerings.

“The multi-exhibition features the key facts of crop circle phenomenon and mixes it with stunning photography.”( http://www.cropcircleaccess.com/)

Cryptic rural engravings no one ever sees being formed.

What are the Stats?

Every year Wiltshire sees 30- 40 unique crop circles – which is, as I have mentioned, the highest rate of any area in the world. The circles tend to be around 60m across but can reach far greater sizes. For example, in 2001 at Milk Hill a 238m crop circle appeared overnight! It is impossible to predict where these circles will appear, what they look like and just how big they’re going to be.

What makes the crop circles?

And so, we reach the crucial questions – how are crop circles creates?

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer- but there are several popular theories. The link between UFOs and crop circles seems to be the most popular explanation. Reports from farmers of strange lights in the sky usually accompany the arrival of a new crop circle, which would perhaps suggest alien interference from above. Next time you are examining a crop circle on the ground, perhaps you should look up.

Experts in the area of alien interference in crop circles have prospered an explanation named the ‘Plasma vortex phenomenon’. The theory has spawned from research at various crop circle sites where changes to the soil composition, changes in seed germination, and evidence of a brief flash of intense heat, have led to the suggestion that the cause is ‘spinning vortexes of microwave frequencies’.

Whether you think they are caused by UFOs, earth energies or anything else, you need to see these incredible geometric etchings first-hand – and Wiltshire is the centre of the crop circle universe. Join us this summer!

We are now taking bookings for our exclusive crop circle tours for the summer of 2020.  Small groups so book early.  We can also arrange extra dates (May – September) for private groups, ideal families and small groups.  Tours can depart from London, Salisbury or Bath

Ever wanted to learn about crop circles? Or wanted to meet crop circle enthusiasts to share thoughts with? Or find out about the latest news? If so, come to the Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre at the brand new Honeystreet Mill Café at Honeystreet, near Alton Barnes in the Vale… We visit this exhibition on our tours
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If our scheduled Stonehenge coach tours do not suit you- maybe your travel plans don’t align with the tours, or you want something special for your family, or those you choose to travel with. Maybe you’re simply a VIP. Whatever the reason, a bespoke private tour of Wiltshire’s most sacred stones is what you need instead. The flexibility of the VIP tours ensures total convenience- whatever your itinerary. Our bespoke Stonehenge private access tour can be tailored to suit any requirements- an excellent way to add a truly unique experience to the list of your adventures.

As a VIP, with your expert guide, you will not only be acquainted with the prehistoric mysteries of the great monoliths but will also be shown the sights ‘off-the-beaten track’, unfrequented by coach groups. The landscape beyond Stonehenge is steeped in history, adding to the story of the stones and making for a more holistic experience. Not to mention the verdant beauty of Wiltshire’s landscape that you will have time to admire. The customised nature of the tour allows you to range as far as you like depending on what suits you.

The superiority of our customised private Stonehenge tours has been honed by 20 years of experience.  Today excellence is standard, and we are ratified by continued 5 STAR reviews on Trip Advisor and other quality review sites. Please take the time to browse the customer feedback and read the joy of others before we take you on your own journey.

The Stonehenge Access VIP Experience

This is a rare opportunity to visit the most mystifying Prehistoric site in the world. The special access tour gets you into the inner circle of the stones- either in the early morning (sunrise) or evening (sunset). The stones are closed off to the general public and you will be able to walk amongst the stones! The Stones true glory is magnified by the silence of the surroundings. It feels like it is just you and the stones, connected to their ancient mysteries in a new way.

In the evening after Stonehenge is closed to the public, or at dawn before it is open, we arrange these exclusive access tours for you. Without the distraction of the crowd you can truly appreciate the wonder of the UK’s greatest prehistoric landmark. Few people can claim to have walked amongst these most ancient stones, as our ancestors did, and to have felt themselves miniscule stood next to the giant sarsen stones towering 6.4 meters high and weighing up to 50 tonnes. Close encounters with stones endows the wanderer with a true appreciation of the mysteries of our history, but also the scale and majesty of our entire university- e specially when the transitioning sky above the monoliths provides the cosmos as the background to one of the worlds greatest wonders.

Normal viewing only permits access from the path that surrounds the circle. Instead of being passive you can Interact with 5,000 year old history- entering the enigma itself. Stonehenge dates from 3100BC- you will be walking where very few people have access, especially in recent years. And to accompany the up close experience with the stones, an expert tour guide will regale you with stories of its history, tales of its mystery and accounts of its magic. The sheer magnetic wonder of the stones is this enhanced by a thorough and entertaining mythology, the perfect partnership to leave you with the utmost special memories.

Our Stonehenge Special Access Tours (1-30 persons) can depart from London, Bath, Salisbury, Oxford, Southampton or any location in the South West of England.

Explore the beautiful South West of England in the luxury of your own private car, MPV or mini bus, enjoying the knowledge and expertise of our professional local Stonehenge experts.

Our Stonehenge private access tours can also include Bath, Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), Salisbury Cathedral, Castle Combe, Windsor Castle, Winchester, Avebury Stone Circle, Lacock Village, The Cotswold’s or where ever you want to visit. We will help with your tour planning

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